Despite its brutal tactics, Iran’s regime fails to contain mass protests

Despite its brutal tactics, Iran’s regime fails to contain mass protests

Vox reports:

On Monday, at the start of their first match in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, members of the Iran men’s national soccer team stood silently as their national anthem played.

It was a highly visible reminder that dissatisfaction with the Iranian government remains strong, several months into ongoing protests in the country.

The Iranian regime is struggling to crush a massive wave of nimble and durable protests, unlike any the Islamic Republic has faced in the past. The leaderless movement has grown in strength despite increasingly harsh crackdowns, relying on unprecedented solidarity between ethnic minorities, different religious groups, and men allied with protesting women. [Continue reading…]

The New York Times reports:

Many high-profile Iranians, among them musicians, artists and journalists, have been targeted by the authorities for coming out in support of the protesters, in what appears to be an effort to undercut the momentum of the largely leaderless movement.

Two prominent actresses, Hengameh Ghaziani and Katayoun Riahi, were arrested on Sunday for removing their head scarves and participating in the protests, according to state-run news media. The actresses were charged with “collusion with the intention of acting against the state security” and “propaganda against the state,” IRNA, Iran’s state-run news agency, said.

In a statement posted to her personal Instagram account on Saturday, Ms. Ghaziani, 52, denounced the government for their crackdown on the young people who have joined the demonstrations.

“How many children, teenagers and young people have you killed — is it not enough with the bloodshed?” she said in her post. “I hate you, and your historical reputation.” [Continue reading…]

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